For undergraduate students, we offer majors in PhysicsAstronomyBiophysics, and a joint Physics/Computer Science program. We also offer minors in Physics and Astronomy.

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For graduate students, we offer a Ph.D. in Physics. If you are a prospective graduate student, please take a look at the Ph.D. section for all the information on application to our Ph.D. program.


Physics and Astronomy are both going through revolutionary times mirrored by the research programs in the department, which range from theory of High Energy PhysicsCondensed Matter Physics, to Cosmology. Large Scale Computation is an important field with several state-of-the-art facilities available to students and faculty. Emerging areas of research in our department include the rapidly developing fields of Quantum Information Science and Physical Biology. Biological Physics is where the quantitative skills of physicists address important problems coming from biological systems.

Spring 2024 Colloquium Series

No Colloquium Scheduled

Monday, March 4


If we can improve our predictions concerning changes in the number of sunspots and the activity of the solar cycle, then we may be able to improve our knowledge of space weather and determine what is likely to cause major problems on Earth and what isn’t.

Edward Rhodes, Professor of Astronomy

Your Major & Minor

The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers majors and minors in five different subject areas. It also offers several different levels of introductory courses for students with majors in other departments.

Featured Faculty




Gabilan Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Yunqiu Kelly Luo, has a frank and open conversation with the AAU of her experiences as an immigrant researcher in the US.

Congrats Kelly, for making a difference in science and at USC!

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Director of Undergraduate Studies

Vahe Peroomian

Director of Graduate Studies

James Boedicker